Friday, April 20, 2012
Ever since I decided to not run Grandma's Marathon, I have been seriously in the dumps and lost due to lack of a goal to work toward.
After weeks of him-hawing, I think I am going to go for it. What do I have to lose? Basically, I decided to train for it and decide closer to the date if I am going to run. I mean I already paid and cannot get the money back. I might as well.
I even have been able to come up with 26.2 reasons to run! In the next couple months, I hope to blog about each reason. Hopefully, it will help me keep focused on WHY I am doing this!
1. To prove to myself that I CAN do it
2. To get one step closer to Boston's Marathon
3. To inspire others that you can do anything you put your mind to
4. Last puzzle piece of my journey
5. Because this is my year to celebrate my health
6. Because I can!
7. To push myself - physically, mentally and emotionally
8. To be considered a marathoner
9. To be proud of me
10. Because I have the time
11. You cannot count on the future
12. To be the example for the family
13. To try something new, something scary
14. To be part of an elite group
15. To stick to a goal and achieve it
16. To make good of a promise to myself
17. To add to my self worth
18. TO believe in ME
19. To learn my core values
20. To earn glory
21. To get a tattoo (hehe)
22. For my future family
23. Cross something off my bucket list
24. Everyone else is doing it
25. To be in best shape of my life
26.2 Become a stronger runner, person
27. Raise money for a good cause
So, here we go again.
But, this time I am changing the rule book. I am training according to MY rules from this point out!
1. Have FUN! Enjoy reaching longer distances, different distances. Enjoy trying new recipes. Enjoy lifting three times a week.
2. Track calories. My tracker is going to be set so I can maintain. Anyhow know how to do this? This way I can maintain my weight and hopefully not gain.
3. Start eating recovery snacks. This means eating something after I run or workout. My plans are a banana and cheese or chocolate milk. Chocolate milk might be a good way to get my daily chocolate fix!
4. Weigh in once a week! I am wondering if I should even weigh in that much!
5. Listen to your body. If it says I am tired or this isn't fun, stop. If it says, I need more food because I am tired, eat more! If it says rest, well, rest.
Rules that are getting thrown out.
1. Eat 55% of carbs. This is getting thrown out because MY body doesn't like me when I do this. I get super nauseous, dizzy, and tired.
That might be the only one. It was really stressing me. Pretty much I am trying to take all the stress out.
So, I am back into training (casually)!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Last week, I posted a status about having an appointment with the campus dietician. Today was that day. Before I tell you about my appointment, please know if you are interested in going to a dietician, you should go on your own. All the information I retained was special to my weight, my goals, and the amounts of exercise.
Moving on from my disclaimer, the appointment was alright. I always find anytime I try to figure out how to eat "right", it to be overwhelming. There are always so many rules - do this but not that. This time was no different.
She said overall I was doing alright with eating. She is going to come up with some gram numbers for carbs, proteins and fats that I should adhere to. She thinks I should be eating more calories. Even through I am having been eating close to my range and a bit over, I have been dropping weight like crazy. Like, I lost five pounds in like 3 weeks. It awesome but sorta fast.
We also talked about training for Grandma's Marathon. She suggested that I start to do pre and post exercise snacks. I really do not consistently do this. But, with all the exercise I do, she thinks I would have a better recovery. I think I am going to start doing this. I did buy some chocolate milk for a recovery drink after my long run on Saturday. She did mention that if I do Grandma's Marathon, I should not do Sparkpeople. Well, that sure won't be happening anytime soon! I am not going anywhere! Ha!
That's the recap!
Again, if you are looking for some insight on your nutrition, a dietician can be a great source. They not only can help you sift through it but there might be health diseases (i.e.: diabetes, celiac disease) that may be affect what you can eat.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
It was love at first sight! From the beginning, I fell in love with the Sparkpeople Cookbook.
I love how the recipes are easy. If there is something I might not know how to cook, like tofu, they have a whole page talking about it.
I love that it teaches me how to cook healthy. My family doesn't exactly cook healthy - amazing food but not healthy. With the cookbook, I am trying all kinds of new healthy recipes.
I love how the recipes don't use exotic foods. Sure, I had to buy certain foods. But, those foods will last me a long time, past the weekly grocery shopping trip.
In the last couple weeks, I tried carrot soup, egg cups, pad thai, and bluegrass jambalaya, raspberry muffins, and a stir-fry. All of these recipes had spices that made my mouth feel like I had a party of flavor in there! I suspicious of the spices because they were curry, ginger, and garlic. I thought I didn't like those. I do! Just not large amounts.
Here are my other thoughts about them in no particular order.
I was very suspicious of this soup. I am not huge on 'healthy' soups. And, this was to be served chilled. Really? Sounds gross to me. But, on the other hand, convienent. I tend to have an abundance of carrots on hand. So, I gave it a whirl. It wasn't bad at all. I may be a bit more flatulence in the next day or so. There is SIX cups of carrots in the soup!
I altered this recipe because I didn't have all the cooking ware. I am a college student. But, it was easy to cook and store in the fridge for a protein filled breakfast. On the other hand, mine were tiny and a bit watery.
This is when I tried out tofu. I might give it another chance. Today I found the tofu to be too watery, like I was eating a soaked pancake. Being huge on texture, tofu might not be my thing. Besides the tofu, the meal wasn't half bad. It bit strong on the soy sauce flavoring. That was probably because I had to skip on a couple other ingredients. Definitely deserves a second chance.
This recipe just wasn't my forte. Maybe if I put the shrimp into it, I would have liked it better. I did try it twice but neither time I really enjoyed it. I thought it was too heavy. Something just wasn't right. Also, the pork sausage was higher in calorie and gave me bad gas. I know, I know TMI. Sorry.
This one is a favorite recipe that I tried. A muffin that has 160 calories. It cannot be true! Is it! I had to buy the most for this recipe but stuff I will use again. For example, brown sugar, wheat flour, flax, and wheat germ. As for the recipe in it's self, I would bite into the muffin, and find gooey raspberry goodness. The first time I think I ate like 3 muffins. So my healthy recipes because un-healthy with over indulging.
Rating: and a half.
This one is one of my favorite recipes as well. In fact, I had it a few days in a row. Quick and easy to make. I used green peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes (I think), and onions. Than, they have you put in the spices.. YUM!
Rating: and a half.
So, overall, I like the cookbook and already cannot wait for the 2nd edition. Even through I might have not enjoyed all the recipes, I was trying it. Found some I like, and some I don't like. The one downfall of the recipes are they are not in the tracker. In my opinion, they should be. As more people use the recipes, some will get there. Overall, I would give this cookbook, a rating of .
In the next couple weeks, I hope to try out the quiche, chicken kebob pitas, broccoli-cheese soup, and veggie lasagna!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A couple weeks back, I announced that I decided I wasn't going to run Grandma's Marathon in June. I had a good cry, called up the family, had another good cry, announced it on here. Once it's announced on here, it feels so official.
Well, here's a secret. I have been still training. For the last couple weekends, I have had time to run and did a distance of 12 miles. It even started to get easier. Not even close to the disaster I called the Get Lucky Half Marathon in March.
Also, in recent weeks, I feel like all the rules that I had when I was in training mode were released. It was so nice.
It was so nice to focus on losing weight. Now I know about tracking food and working out. So many people told me I could not lose weight while training so it felt like an impossible goal. But, if I treat it as calories burned, shouldn't I be able to lose weight?
Also, this week I could exercise and strength train. Not because I am in training but because I want to, because I enjoy it. In fact, I went for an afternoon walk today in the sunshine. Also, if I wanted to do kettlebells or try rock climbing, I can. There is no one saying "You can't. You're in training."
Because I am not in training.
It is like last night. I realized I haven't had a nice glass of wine for months. Why? Because when would I? I shouldn't be drinking alcohol the night before a run because I am in training. I usually like it to unwind from the week on a Friday. But, than it messes with my hydration levels for my long run on Saturdays.
But, all these restraints were gone. I could do whatever I wanted because I wasn't in training.
Because stressing about these trivial things, I was stressing every weekend about when to run. Well, I have requested every Saturday off in May. So, I wouldn't be stressing in May. As for April, I would have two Saturdays that I would struggle with. One being this weekend which I could actually do my long run tomorrow and a short one on Sunday. Even if I didn't want to do that, I have co-workers coming out of the woodworking to take my Saturday. Since, my boss likes to schedule me once during the week and every Saturday, this means I'd be giving up hours.
So, basically, I need to decide if I am IN or I am OUT, none of this wishy-washy business anymore.
If I am IN, I have decided I will be training casually. No rules, just fun. I CAN lose weight. I CAN have wine. I CAN eat normally.
If I am OUT, I will find a way to accept that this year is NOT my year. I will start to train to improve my half marathon finishing time.
Mind you, I have an appointment with the campus nutritionist. I am hoping she can tell me if I am doing fine with my eating. Like could I train on what I am doing or if there more efficient foods to eat for me.
So, those are my thoughts on this potentially life changing event.
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